Orienteering 1:31:28  10.96 km (8:21 / km) +112m 7:56 / km
Nice relay training with Bækkelagets SK
Mass start & loops. Got in a nice group behind Matt Speake & roar to #1, with Brad just behind me. I had no compass so was fairly trusting with our line, but we were a decent bit left. As we got towards the end of the hill everyone slowed and it made sense to me we had to be left, so went back and got it just ahead of the other 3.
Again not very confident in my line to #2 but after I crossed the re-entrant there were enough contours to navigate off. Quite surprised to not have the others punching this around me as I’d assumed we’d either be on the same gaffle or more likely this would be common - but it was a wild gaffling setup.
Regardless, I got it okay, and moved off to 3. Ended up too far left on a hill shortly after 3 and crossed the wrong stream, it matched up for a bit but I figured out how wrong I was pretty quickly but lost a good bit of time.
Scrappy on 4, and with another fellow to 5 but he didn’t find it and I went away.
Slowed down a bit after 3 in general and took it pretty easy which made the navigation much simpler.
Some not so nice sections at the end of the first loop and in the middle of the last loop, but overall this was by far the nicest forest I’ve been in recently and really quite runnable. But vaguer hillsides were probably not ideal for my compass, and it would have been enjoyable to take it a bit quicker and keep up with the group.
Good fun though and felt much better about my running in terrain at least, even if it was still slow & easy.